March, 17th 2005



(Darkstalkers line)



Hands of Stone Cold
Steve Austin
(Titantron Live Series)



Citadel Paint, "Marabu"paint,
Fimo, Liquid Latex, Spraypaint

Ready for actionClose-Up
Turnaround Study

Character & Intent

A normal earthworm from a soil near you, forever altered
by a chance encounter with an one-size-fits-all mecha
fighting suit from outer space. Come on, you just have to
love that concept. I know that I do.

Unsurprisingly, Earthworm Jim has always been one of my
favorite video game characters. Unfortunately, it never looked
like I could ever get my soilpaws on one of the official action
figures. Also, I always liked the slightly less cartoony aproach
to the character that you see in the reference pictures above.

Couple that with being in the mood for some challenging sculpting,
and smile in the secure knowledge of what I did.

The result doesn't quite achieve what I originally intended to do...
But I'm still contend enough with it.


This particular incarnation of the superstar worm began it's life as
Demitri from the Darkstalkers line and a slap of fimo.

To be more precise, only as the latter. I started the head sculpt without
having a clue what body to use. But upon completion of the head, my
gaze fell upon the pin-headed vampire and I immediatly knew that his
somewhat odd proportions would be perfect for Jim's body suit.

As many projects, the first step in the preperation of the body was a
refreshing bath in boiling water (For the figure, not for me) to remove
the head, hands, and soft parts of the clothing (the figure's, not mine).

Then, I cut the puffy wrist-collars off and carefully dremeled and
sanded the area smooth. Making the pegholes fit Stone Cold's hands
required some more dremeling.

Later on, I prepared the gun holster by filling a mold taken from
another figure with liquid latex mixed with blue paint.

From this point on, the rest of the body was sheer sculpting,
done in this order: stomach gap fillings, back pack, gloves
on wrists, belt straps.

Painting the figure turned out to be a real pain. Although I had primed
the figure to avoid the problem of paint no adhering to the smooth
plastic, I kept running into paint rub problems at the shoulder joints
which lead to extensive sand-paint-try-sand-again sessions.

The gun was done in the same principle as Mira Nova's.

Snot is sheer sculpting. The transparent variant is
a duplicate done with a latex cast and synthetic resin